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This necklace is composed of collet-set moonstones hung along a gold chain, each stone suspended from an 'o' ring to form a "fringe" of stones. From the center of the chain is suspended a five-stone pendant, each stone connected to the next with 'o' rings. The necklace closes with a spring ring clasp.
"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": In 1914, at age sixty-seven, Margaret Duncan Phillips traveled around the world. When she arrived in Sri Lanka she acquired several pieces of jewelry, including a set of moonstones, which cost 41 rupees. The minimal settings of this set, which may not include those Sri Lanka moonstones, reflect the style of the early twentieth century.
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
1 15/16 x 1/8 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation